Before the season began, no experts I can remember predicted the Cleveland Indians would be where they are this far in the season: atop the AL Central.
The pitching was believed to be suspect, and no one knew how former stars Grady Sizemore and Travis Hafner would perform. Couple that with their recent history of finishing out of the running of the division, and there was little reason to think the Indians would be this good when the season began.
Now, many experts are looking like fools. Despite falling off a bit since their torrid start in April and May, the Indians still find themselves in contention nearly three months into the season.
If the Indians are to continue their winning ways, and make it to postseason play, many aspects of the team will need to fall into place. Here is a look at what I believe to be the important keys to their success in the coming months.